--- In FairfieldLife@yahoogroups.com, TurquoiseB <[EMAIL PROTECTED]> wrote:
> --- In FairfieldLife@yahoogroups.com, Jason Spock <jedi_spock@> 
> wrote:
> >  
> >     Snoopy typing on his typewriter,  "It was a dark and stormy 
> night."..... is considered, the world's greatest one-line novel.
> Not quite.  :-)
> Schultz was just paying homage to one of the most atrocious
> first lines of a novel in history:
> "It was a dark and stormy night; the rain fell in torrents--except 
> at occasional intervals, when it was checked by a violent gust of 
> wind which swept up the streets (for it is in London that our scene 
> lies), rattling along the housetops, and fiercely agitating the 
> scanty flame of the lamps that struggled against the darkness."
>  -- Edward George Bulwer-Lytton, Paul Clifford (1830)
> Notice that it's all one sentence.  It inspired a contest
> that is really a hoot, the Bulwer-Lytton Fiction Contest.
> The objective is to write the "first sentence of the worst
> novels never printed."  
> From the website:
> An international literary parody contest, the competition honors the 
> memory (if not the reputation) of Victorian novelist Edward George 
> Earl Bulwer-Lytton (1803-1873). The goal of the contest is 
> childishly simple: entrants are challenged to submit bad opening 
> sentences to imaginary novels. Although best known for "The Last 
> Days of Pompeii" (1834), which has been made into a movie three 
> times, originating the expression "the pen is mightier than the 
> sword," and phrases like "the great unwashed" and "the almighty 
> dollar," Bulwer-Lytton opened his novel Paul Clifford (1830) with 
> the immortal words that the "Peanuts" Beagle Snoopy plagiarized for 
> years, "It was a dark and stormy night." 
> Find out more at:
> http://www.bulwer-lytton.com/
> Some examples from that website, the 2005 winners:
> 2005 Grand Winner:
> As he stared at her ample bosom, he daydreamed of the dual Stromberg 
> carburetors in his vintage Triumph Spitfire, highly functional yet 
> pleasingly formed, perched prominently on top of the intake 
> manifold, aching for experienced hands, the small knurled caps of 
> the oil dampeners begging to be inspected and adjusted as described 
> in chapter seven of the shop manual.
> Dan McKay
> Fargo, ND 
Big Snip of really funny stuff **************************

Thanks for that - laugh out loud stuff, for sure!


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